Tuesday 2 August 2016

Marla Ahlgrimm Encourages Healthy Sleeping Habits

Sleep does more than just rest the body, says women’s healthcare expert Marla Ahlgrimm. It has a profound effect on one’s overall health, both mental and physical. In today’s brief informational post, Ahlgrimm explains why you should listen to your body and take a nap.

Q: How much sleep do women really need?

Marla Ahlgrimm: The average adult will do just fine with 7 to 8 hours of sleep per night. That changes, however, with age, physical health, and even mood. Pregnant women, for example, may need to get a full night’s sleep and also take a few short rests throughout the day. Our sleep patterns change with age so it is important to really listen to your body and adjust your bedtime if you have trouble concentrating or staying awake each day.

 Q: Do OTC and prescription sleep aids really work?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Many people report being able to go to sleep faster and feel more rested upon waking when taking a prescription medicine for sleep. However, sleeping pills and supplements may have marked side-effects that should be discussed with your doctor.

Q: What are some ways I can sleep better without drugs?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Routine plays a huge role in triggering our bodies that it is time to sleep. Go to bed at the same hour every night and make sure your room is quiet and dark. Avoid alcohol, coffee, caffeinated tea, and cigarettes before bed. If you exercise, do so at least three hours before settling down for the evening.

Q: How does sleep benefit the body?

Marla Ahlgrimm: Sleep is the time when our bodies heal from the wear and tear of the day. Getting adequate sleep may improve memory and curb inflammation. A good night’s slumber can also reduce stress, help moderate weight, and give you better focus. What’s more, women who regularly sleep through the night tend to suffer few instances of depression and anxiety, meaning that sleep may be a factor in mental health.


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